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from the state. >> minnesota can't be number one in math. they will be number in how early the kids get out of school. thank you for the education on minnesota. you can have the last word on last word.msnbc.com. good evening, rachel. >> in the united states of america, we are used to thinking of ourselves as a super power and throwing our weight around when he feel the need to. only when you take a step back and take a wide historical view that you realize one of the consequences of that self concept is that we end up feeing that need to throw our weight around quite a lot. we go to war all the time big wars, little wars, yum wars and wars. america fights a lot of wars.
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>> the participation will be for a limited period, but i concluded there is no alternative to returning to lebanon if they are to have a chance to stand on their own feet. grenada is a friendly island paradise for tourism. it was a colony getting ready as a bastian to export terror and undermine democracy. we got there just in time. >> at 7:00 eastern time, air forces of the united states launched a series of strikes against the headquarters, terrorists for 70s and military assets that support mo ma gadhafi's activities. >> allied forces began an attack in iraq and kuwait. these attacks continue as i speak. >> let me say at the out set. america's role will not be about
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fighting a war. it will be about helping the people of bosnia to secure their own peace agreement. our mission will be limited, focused, and under the command of an american general >> on my orders, the united states military has begun strikes against al qaeda training camps and military instraulations of the taliban regime. >> fellow citizens, at this hour, we are in the early stages of military operations to disarm iraq and free its people and defend the world from great danger. >> those were just the ones they announced. we did them chronologically and the president is making oval office announcements about wars and military intervengs. some of them got into small wars and some large wars. now that the united states has embarked on the latest new military intervention in libya,
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i would love to show you the current president's oval office address, but there isn't one. they made a public statement on saturday afternoon that we had started that military intervention in libya, but he did so from the confines of a convention center in brazil. eight years to the day that george w. bush stared on steadily into the camera and announced the iraq invasion, president obama announced his own intervention, but pointedly declined the opportunity to do that in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip and forego the chest-thumping commander in chief theater at the start of a military convention, that is a
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fascinating and blunt demonstration of how much this presidency is not like that of george w. bush. do you remember when george w. bush campaigned for president by saying he wanted america to have a humble foreign policy? candidates for president love to say stuff like that. >> i don't think it's a role of the united states to walk into a country and say we do it this way, so should you. >> the united states must be humble and proud of our values, but humble in figure out how to chart their course. >> candidates say stuff like that when they are running because americans like that idea. americans like to vote for the idea. we like that kind of talk and we expect it from candidates. this idea of a restrained foreign unless no intervention unless you have to. >> nobody wants to be the war president. i want to be the peace president. >> i am not going to commit u.s.
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forces until i know what the mission is and the military tell me it can be complete and i know how they can come out. >> i believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace and that use of forces always and only a last resort when everything else failed. >> these guys always say that. they always say they only want to use force as a last resort. they are super reluctant to use the military ever and they get in office and it's big wars and little wars and medium wars and all sorts of wars all the time if you timeline 30 years, it's easier to isolate time when the u.s. was not at war than to block out time when is we were. regardless of the reluctant i want to be a peace president talk, when they get us into wars chest thuching about that, it's
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an ugly, but well-tested art. >> because we acted the dictator, the brutal tyrant is sitting in a prison cell and he will receive the justice he denied so many for so long. >> i will defend america every time. >> running for reelection. because we acted the dictator and the tyrant is sitting in a cell and will receive the justice he denied for so long. that's how george w. bush ran in 2004. the george w. bush that ran for office in 2000 promised a humble america and foreign policy a bend over backward bias anywhere in the world. lots of candidates promised that. a candidate named barack obama promised that. the difference with mr. obama as president is that he appears to be walking more of that walk as well as talking that talk. mr. obama not making an oval
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office addressed to the nation and repeatedly stressing the involvement promming there will be no ground troops in kwlab no matter what, leaving the question of an intervention until a resolution could be passed on the subject and following the decision. the white house overtly acknowledging and making widely known it sees france and arab countries in the lead. the u.s. waiting until there was a clear consensus before doing any on their own. they make it pour their war than our war. this is what he did. what most presidential candidates had promised they would do. the fact that he is doing it as president is freaking out all quarters of the world that liked the intervention. >> i'm worried that we are
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taking the back seat. we used to relish leadinging the free world and now it's like an inconvenience. the president caveated this way too much. almost like a nuisance >> the senator speak of fox news yesterday. would be candidate newt gingrich said they made him a spectator instead of a commander in chief. santorum said the fresh were the first out there and he is following the lead. think about the big picture and about what these presidential candidates in 2008 campaigned on and the legacy of george w. bush. do you want the narrative of america's role in the world to be america leads western aggression against arab countries or don't you? do you want that to continue to be the master narrative about america's in the world or do you want the narrative to be different? president obama wants them to be
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something different he clearly did not want there to be military action in the arab world. she open about reluctance and the white house keeps broadcasting that. why are they doing that? because they want the narrative to change. everything about the character shows mr. obama's reluctance. they are reporting that u.s. air missions over libya decreased dramatically and the overwhelming number of missions were flown by non-u.s. pilots officials going out of their way to point that out. secretary robert gates saying i expect us soon to recede back into a supporting with other nations carrying a proportion of the burden. president obama himself insisting that not only will there not be ground troops involved, but the bulk will end quickly. >> let me emphasize that we
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anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not a matter of weeks. >> days and not weeks. it was also new that is the direct involvement from bob and vice president biden involved personal direct communication between them and the leaders of other arab countries in the region specifically. trying to change that narrative that america leads western aggression against the arab world trying to force to the forefront the arab countries that on march 12th called for a no-fly zone to be enforced. after a criticized the intervention they called for this weekend, the obama and biden diplomacy appears to pay difsends and stating support for the mission, calling it an arab and nationalist duty. whether or not efforts to change the narrative are successful and whether or not trying to change that narrative can survive, what
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is yet another u.s. military intervention and yet another ms. limit country. whether or not it can change even though this is now happening may depend on how long this lasts and what its consequences are. what libya looks like when this is all over. joining us now for insight into that is richard engle in the eastern part of libya. thanks for joining us. >> always a pleasure. sorry i am not in front of the camera. we are having technical difficulties i wish you had included in that long list of wars all of the wars associated with the war on terrorism that it's often called the drone strikes in pakistan and the drone strikes in yemen and the drone strikes in somalia and the list goes on and on. >> sure. when everybody started calling afghanistan the other war, it's iraq is war and afghanistan and
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somalia is the other other and yemen and so on. there so many different interventions >> and now libya. >> and now libya. with the master narrative that president obama seems so resistant to the idea that the u.s. is eager to intervene in arab countries. do you see a strong difference between the character of this american intervention and the other ones we talked about? >> i was sort of surprised in the last several months touring around the mideast covering the revolts and i woke up one morning and found myself covering an american war in libya. it came out of noplace. i didn't see it coming and i still am looking around saying how did i end up covering an american action in libya. i understand why it happened. there was probably a real need for protection over the city of
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benghazi. the troops were right on the edge of the city and going to go in and go hard. they were going to kill people. in tobr uk there was a sense of relief. people no longer feel terrified and that the forces will slit people's throats and make them pay. the rebels and i spent the day with rebels as well are now completely dependent on the foreign military intervention. once you have given air support and the ground support and they believe they have an alliance with the u.s. military, how do you take that back without exposing them to the same fear and danger. >> what are kind of impact is the western intervention having on forces? the declared strategy is to make things safe enough for the rebels that they can win on their own. do you see anything like that
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happening? that's a tough one. they are divided into two groups. they have really no military experience. very little sophistication and little education. a lot of bravado, but when the fighting happens, most of them run away. rebels didn't know how to load their weapon. they were dropping ammunition on the ground and a lot of them are fighting for weird experience theories. in five said they were fighting because they think ka dafy is jewish. they are not the same that a lot of americans think they do have. the other group is people that have defected from the army. if we are waiting for these defected units to go and suddenly storm the frontlines, i
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think we might have to be waiting longer. i went looking for one of the top commanders here or the top commander and we knocked on the door and you think if the military had just joined the revolution after two days, this wouldn't be the right time. >> while i have you, let me ask you about one other country that the developments are faf moving and dramatic. in yemen the senior military official who is seen as a rifle to the president in that country, he and a number of generals defected to the opposition and dozens of forces and the split in the military. is that the shift in momentum that you think might be decisive in yemen? >> yemen is big news right now.
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maybe we should be in yemen. it is a fast-moving story and the army is divided. you have the military unis loyal to the president in parts of the city. you had military unis loyal to this general and others that defected on patrol protecting the protesters. you have a country where there massive protests on the streets and the military is divide and north of the country it's a kind of civil war. in the south there is another war. and many believe where they could be at a breaking point to change the political leadership >> richard engle from libya, i don't ever want to predict your
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travels, but wherever you are going, stay safe. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> the world continues to read like a world atlas. yemen, japan and more. also wisconsin and washington and louisiana and sharon angle's kitchen in nevada. stay with us. bl or we'll pay you $1,000. call lending tree at... today. add listerine® total care for more complete oral care. ♪ it works in six different ways to restore enamel, strengthen teeth, freshen breath, help prevent cavities, and kill bad breath germs for a whole mouth clean. so go beyond the brush with listerine® total care. the most complete mouthwash. and for visibly whiter teeth, try listerine® total care plus whitening.
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financial markets came back that indicates in part that the market thinks the nuclear crisis is under control that indicates that the world markets don't pay close attention to the crisis that freaks them up. we do, coming up the field of republican challenges to president obama got 33 and 1/3% bigger and less exciting by the same degree. plus budget crisis as union-busting excuse scott walker has a new problem on his hands and its not about the
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see the seam on the wheat grain? same as on the flake. because great grains steams and bakes the actual whole grain. now check out the other guy's flake. hello, no seam. because it's more processed. now, which do you suppose has better nutrition for you? mmm. great grains. the whole whole grain cereal. the united states congress declared war five times. precise precisely. five times in history. the war of 1812 and the spanish american war and the mexican american war. think what a different country we would be if those were the only wars they had. when they cent forces abroad, not in the last 60 years have
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they first had congress declare war. they had to vote for the use of force and president bush did that with both iraq and afghanistan. they had democrats running against president bush and his words in the following two elections. the presidents order without a declaration of war without a declaration for the use of force. after announcing friday that military force would be used in libya, the president subject a letter to congress explaining the point of the operation and under what authority he ordered it. president obama describes it as being in the national security and foreign policy interests in the united states and the letter he reminds as commander in chief and executive and he said he ordered the military intervention pursuant to my constitutional authority to
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conduct u.s. foreign relations. it's an unusually broad view of what can be authorized or is this in keeping on acts like this? >> the last constitutionally correct war was world war ii. and i think president obama decided she within the letter of the law and he changed course in which we he wanted to go. he did begin acting with congress and moved the ball forward and filed his letter today.
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>> the political right appears to be split on this. some saying we should have intervened more and earlier. some hosts trying to take both of those positions simultaneously which is fun. what is it that turned this around and won the day in washington? >> president obama was studying every option and trying to look at those who had too big of an american footprint and what the downside would be, but he was looking at the dimensions and they wanted to behave differently than in kosovo and when you saw a crisis to tens of thousands of people and potential massacre, he said what he was doing was not enough. it wasn't for gadhafi he changed course on a dime and he was in control. this wasn't the boys versus the girls. hillary clinton and susan rice
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versus tom and joe biden this was barack obama deciding he needed to do something to save the people. to do it in a minimal way and the u.s. and western footprint was small. >> what role did the state department or secretary clinton play in the debate here and how important were they and was she in the department of state in getting things to lineup the way the president wanted to in order to do this? >> she was important and susan was as well as other players. what they did which was a real incredible diplomatic feat is you had five nations abstain and all the bricks countries and germany, they didn't vote against and they would have been inclined to. the arab league reinforced their position was a huge feed. they laid out the notion that in the past with kosovo and with
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rwanda getting attention and the international consensus didn't take the weeks they have now and it took months and months. those people have criticized the president for slow action are not familiar with the clauses. i still worry about the sense that the western footprint in this is too large and ultimately this needs to be the libyan people who take control of their destiny. president obama is trying to provide a constructively and important papership >> it's so crucial about the size of the western footprint and to hear richard engle saying he is not sure that the libyan rebels have it in them to get the fight done is potentially a recipe forstasis. they keep trying to make room.
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>> no doubt this is a real gamble and people look at whether gadhafi stays or goes as a measure of what his strength is and what he is able to achieve. richard is right. you have to be careful of joining oppositions that are not in the position to win you can create a moral hazard of getting other people elsewhere who begin campaigning against the government and they are not quite organized and ready as we saw. the inspiring protesters were on their game. they knew how to move their people and resuscitate themselves from people who thought it was coming out of the air in egypt. that may not always be the case. sometimes they are not won by the protesters we will do anything, but i have some doubts >> steve clemens, publisher of
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remember sharon angle who everybody thought was going to win for senate? she is running for congress now. that was on thursday. today i came back to work after the weekend to find that producer on our staff had found on ebay the exact same kitchen canisters that sharon angle made her running for council announcement seem more homey. you could buy them at sears in the 70s they were from the merry mushroom series now we have these that form a spectacular drop off for the decision 2012 coverage. the race to find someone, anyone to run against barack obama for the presidency.
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before today, there were three candidates declared one is named herman cain who owns a pizza company. there is a man named fred karnlger that republicans need to get over the gay rights hang up and buddy roemer who has governor of louisiana has the incumbent lost the primary to run for his own job again to david duke. yes, that david duke. he lost to the ku klux klan guy. the entire field of the contenders consisted of the pizza guy, the republicans shouldn't be so anti-gay guy and the i lost to david duke guy. we have a fourth contender who announce his exploratory committee. it's official and everything. we have a fourth man running. herman cain, fred carriage, buddy roemer and tim paw -- tim paw --
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oh, sorry. one more thing. it has been somewhat confusing about the field of candidates. you may remember that newt gingrich tried to announce he was running too. in the end-all he did announce was to make up his mind about whether or not to run, he needed more money. i meantime. to collect all that time, i mean money, he sit up the website newt explore 2012. since that's a creepy and unfamiliar concept, someone did the obvious and snapped up the similar and memorable url, explore newt 2012. when it was first launched, it recollected to the website for the buddy roemer campaign. he is the guy who lost to david duke. about a week ago, they started redirecting to a new thing. now it redirects to this, i you
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there two things you need to know about the ongoing crisis in japan. one is bad weather keep in mind that because of the time difference even though it's monday night here, it's tuesday there. after 10:30 a.m. it has been raining there through tomorrow the forecast calls for the winds to blowing inland instead of out to sea. it's getting cold there, subfreezing temperatures at night and combinations of rain and snow during the day. the reason that's important is because it highlights the need for warm shelter among people whose homes have been destroyed. humans of thousands of people in temporary facilities already. in the event of radiation that may be diffuse, rain and snow can be a means of delivering the radiation in a more concentrated form to the ground. one is the weather. the other thing to know about japan is the effort to stabilize
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the reactors and the spent fuel at the nuclear power plant there is facing new setbacks, plural. this morning a light gray smoke was emanating from reactor three and then white smoke from reactor two. that was steam. in either case that caused a temporary evacuation and the radiation levels nearly tripled after the smoke was seen at reactor three. as workers were trying to restore power to get cooling systems up and running in the reactors and spent fuel pools, they are reporting that cooling systems that power is suppose to be running at the reactors have themselves been damaged. reactor two is the first reactor to have had the power restored, but the key cooling system pumps are a parentally not working even though power is being supplied to them. it's unclear how long it will take for new pumps to arrive
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there. the developments are still happening sort of fast and furious in japan. this crisis is not over. joining us to help us understand is a senior scientist at the union of concerned scientists and join us here in studio. first i have to ask you as i do regularly, did i get anything wrong? >> sounded good to me. >> it's always bad news wlfr s r i ask you that. people in need of shelter is the immediate concern. in terms of radiation risk, if rain and snow is a means of concentrated doses and diffuse radiation s there an increased hazard from bad weather? >> depends where the rain falls and the pollution. if there is rain close to the site, it can cause more concentrated fallout closer to
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the site. it is a rural area so that might be good news for a city like tokyo. if the plume allows it to travel, it's hard to predict and we might get the extent of that fallout. >> americas were more dire and more pessimistic than statements from the japanese officials. today officials started to sound more optimistic. they were saying the plant might be on the verge of stability. from what you know, are you more optimistic that the threat will be resolved? >> i'm staying hopeful, but i don't see -- i look at the same information as all the authorities and it still looks like a rough road ahead. even if they restore full cooling to the reactors, i think there is a lot of uncertainty. if the vessels get flooded, the
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fuel has been exposed for several days. that could cause degradation of the core in ways that are not well understood when you pump water and cover the fuel, it could cause damage that is not predictable and make it harder to cool >> i know this is not over and it's not time to step back from this, but we are having a review, a 90-day immediate review of nuclear facilities and a larger comprehensive review so some stepping back is already happening. do you feel like it uncovered a fundamental flaw, under state. risk in reactor design and in disaster planning? >> yes, i would say that. in that error of complacency after three-mile island and the industry have welcome too comfortable that we will never see that type of accident again. that flned their decision making
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and practices they will have to take a fresh look at how they made decisions over the last decade and to the extent that we may be at risk here at home. >> senior scientist at the union of concerned scientists, at some point we will talk about happier things. it's been a bummer, but you helped us and helped me understand it personally and help make this stuff clear to our audience. thank you >> congressman dennis kucinich will be a guest on the ed show after this show tonight. he made news by saying that president obama authorizing libya without congress should be an impeachable offense and you will not want to miss him and ed tonight after this show. the political news in wisconsin got weird today. that's coming up. that powered the alarm clocks and brewed the coffee. we heated the bathwater and gave kelly a cleaner ride to school. cooked the cube steaks and steamed the veggies.
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the soul of americans fight is not over by a long shot. another crowd at the state capital, protesting against the union-stripping adventure and the crowd was led by veterans grps. this makes five straight weeks prove tests after at the wisconsin state capital.
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one of the directions at the energy in wisconsin is being channelled into a roller effort with senators who voted for the union stripping one of the senators being targeted, one is seeked by 163 votes in the first place and he has a new political development to worry about. allegation he's does not live in the district that he represents. where is it he allegedly lives instead? that's an awkward question. turns out it's a super awkward 83. the strange details of that and how it ties into this fight in the states still being the most important domestic story in domestic politics, coming up next. ♪ [ fingers snapping ] [ woman announcing ] every subaru is responsibly built in a zero landfill plant. so it's no wonder they fit so naturally with spring.
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this is scott fitzgerald, a republican and leader of the state senate in wisconsin. this is his brother, jeff. leader of the assembly in wisconsin. this is their dad, the u.s. marshall for the western sdrirks but when his term expired, he ran and lost which was embarrassing because it was his old job. he had been that sheriff and lost the election to get the job back by a lot. 2-1. ouch. steven is rather embarrassed and jobless, but also the dad of the guy who runs the state assembly and the dad of the guy who runs the senate. with friends in high places and the governor scott walker, mr. walker found a spot for him, appointing him to lead the state patrol. you may have seen a piece for him. the reporter for the newspaper in wisconsin said papagot the
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sweet job even though he was the only finalist for the gig who came from outside the ranks of the wisconsin state patrol itself. that's how it is? wisconsin. leading the senate and jeff on the assembly and steven leading the state patrol. i'm sure came in hand when the governor and the fitzgerald brothers wanted to threaten to use the patrol for political purposes to arrest and round up democrat who is fled the state to stop the union stripping. the republican union string measure is still a nationally gal zanizing force for democrats. enthusiasm still continues to build for pinning this union-stripping thing on the party nationally. for recalling republicans in wisconsin who pushed it through. it is in the midst of that effort into another hiring skabd scandal appears to be blossoming. it started a little bit more than a week ago when the
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protesters showed up at the home of one of the senators facing a recall. randy hopper had a strange detail in the protest at his house. people who were mad and wanted to protest showed up at randy hopper's house and his wife came out of the house to address the protesters and told them that the senator no longer lived there. in fact she said he no longer lived in his district at all. he no longer lived there. she toll the protesters he left to his district and now lives primarily in madison with his 20 something mistress. today wisconsin marps are a flutter with news that despite the terrible budget crisis, the senator randy hopper's alleged girlfriend was able to land a sweet job getting what will amount to a $12,000 pay rise over the person who had the job before her.
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the senator said he had nothing to do with her getting that job and he is not living with her and apart from the awkwardness and there is the policy awkwardness of whether or not the government is so broke because of the greedy state employees. for the senator facing the likely prospect of recall, this is not a positive development. it is really handy as a reminder about the nature of this fight in wisconsin and why it is resonating nationally. the justification for the union stripping business is it was all about the budget, right? something like this comes along and we are reminded if it were about the budget, people hired by the state would not get $12,000 raises whether or not they were girlfriends. you see this and not everybody is taking a hit financially in the states. this is important. the republican governors and legislatures all over the country keep saying they are broke and it's about the budget.
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they are being incredibly generous to some with their budgets whether it's state senators, girlfriends or the fors to whom they would like to redirect the public assets. some are making out like bandits toward whom states pleading poverty are. the governor in maine wants to spend $30 million giving a tax cut to about 550 individuals of the state's millionaires. in ohio, the republicans want to spend $10 million to give the petroleum industry a tax break. pennsylvania's governors to spend big as well. the proposals have been estimated to cost between 200 and $833 million. remember he is completing poverty. chris christie wants to spend $200 million on tax cuts to business. remember we are broke.
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not to be out done florida's governor wants to 20 on tax cuts for corporations. michigan wants to spend 1.8 billion on corporate tax cuts. scott walker's first actions as governor are projected to cost $140 million. this is spectacular generosity among the governs that are pleading poverty and explaining about the budget deficits they have budget deficits, but the giveaways are things that will make it worse. all the media reporting on the fight in the states about how governors are making hard choices and taking steps to close their budget deficits and all of the things they are doing, open the deficits wider they make it worse and they bend over backwards to do it. the people who are not benefiting from the states, they are the ones facing cuts.
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in georgia, looking at cuttin m. pennsylvania is going to propose a more than 50% to the higher education system. in new jersey and south carolina, they want to cut medicate and they would get rid of health care for 100,000 poor people. this is just about republican opposition to taxes and opposition to spending, consider that in in most of these states not only are governors trying to cut things like education and social services, they are overtly raising taxes on poor people. we have tax hikes on the elderly and low income residents in michigan. republicans in kansas and wisconsin are talking about raising taxes on the working poor. in georgia, house republicans are talking about raising taxes on groceries. also they are talking aboutening a tax break for blind people. that's up for grabs in georgia
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right now. raising taxes on the blind. just to spread the rain around in maine, the proposed budget would raise property taxes for the middle class. this is not a policy double speak. this is republicans proposing tax increases. i keep hearing it's about closing the budget gaps. when you give away hundreds of millions to businesses when you give those away as state revenues, that makes the budget problem worse, not better. every time the national media reports the stakes giving the huge tax giveaways to businesses, that's closing the gap. they are wrong. every time we hear this is an idea logical opposition with taxes. you have to ask what you believe about tax cuts and increases for poor people. are tax

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The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBC March 22, 2011 12:00am-1:00am EDT

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